The Cabinet is at this hour locked in a meeting ahead of the latest in a series of media conferences to update the nation on the impact COVID-19 is having on Jamaica.

The media conference, initially scheduled to start at 2 p.m., was pushed back to 4 p.m. before members of the media were advised that the briefing would get underway at approximately 5 p.m.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, is expected to provide the COVID-19 update.

So far, 8 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Jamaica.

The confirmation for 6 of those persons was announced early this morning.

Earlier today, the Health Ministry disclosed that two of the six new COVID-19 patients contracted the virus due to local transmission.

One of them is the father of patient zero and the other is a woman who was in close contact with her.

Now the Ministry is working to identify persons who were in close contact with the father and the 34-year-old woman.

Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, says they’re currently carrying out contact tracing to identify persons who were in close contact with patients who contracted the virus locally.

Dr Bisasor McKenzie says if you’ve been in close contact with these persons, please contact the hotline numbers 888-ONE-LOVE(663-5683), 888-754-7792, 876-542-5998 and 876-542-6007.

You can also call 876-542-6006.

Meanwhile, the CMO says 17 people who were at the recent funeral that patient zero attended have reached out to the Health Ministry through its hotline numbers. 

Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health.

She was speaking on Nationwide this morning with Abka Fitz-Henley and Danielle Archer.